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Math Dice Rules - Marbles: The Brain Store
How to play Math Dice - Game Rules from Marbles the Brain Store
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How to Play Math Dice
What is Math Dice?
Math Dicemakes mathema=cal concepts fun for young and old alike. This 3D math game challenges players to get closest to the target number by crea=ng diﬀerent equa=ons using addi=on, subtrac=on, mul=plica=on, division and powers. Math Dice includes two target dice, three scoring dice, a lesson booklet and a storage bag for taking your mad mathema=cal skills on the road.
In our ever-­‐so-­‐humble and arithme=c-­‐loving opinions, math got a bad rap. Kids swear they’ll never need it. Parents insist they don’t use it. And grandparents tell stories of walking up a snowy hill barefoot while calcula=ng the distance to school with nothing but an abacus. Game Play Overview
Roll the two 12-­‐sided dice. Mul=ply the two numbers on the dice to get a target number. The players roll the three 6-­‐sided dice and must use those three numbers with a mathema=cal operator (+,-­‐,x,÷, and even roots or exponents) to reach as close as possible to the target number.
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How to Win Math Dice
The player who gets closest to the target number is the winner. Where to Get Math Dice
Don’t have it or need a new copy? Get Math Dice at Marbles the Brain Store online, or play and buy at a Marbles store near you.
NEXT: Check out the following manufacturer’s instructions
and get playing Math Dice!
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Math Dice Rules - Marbles: The Brain Store
Parents and Teachers
MathDice™ is a great game in the
classroom and for home schooling. To
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Object: Use your math skills to
combine three numbers to match, or
come closest to, the Target Number.
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Solve Many Ways.
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TARGET
NUMBER
SCORING
NUMBERS
EQUATION
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2 4 6
6+4–2
2x6–4
( 2 4 )+ 6
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2x3–4
2 3 4
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(2 x 4)
2 x (4 – 3)
2(4–3)
Using the Scoring Numbers, create
an equation to calculate the closest
number possible to the Target
the Target Number, below the Target
Number, or hit the Target Number
exactly, depending on the numbers
rolled and what you do with them.
(Remember, the Target Number is
28 and the Scoring Numbers are
5, 2, and 3.)
Player I shouts, “25!” (2 + 3) x 5
Player 2 shouts, “30!” 2 x 3 x 5
Player I shouts, “29!” 25 – 3
Player 2 shouts, “27!” (5 – 2)3
Player I shouts, “28!” 52 + 3, hits the
Target Number exactly, and wins
the point.
To create your equation, use each
Scoring Number once and only
once, along with any combination
subtraction, multiplication, division,
powers, and roots.You may use the
Scoring Numbers and operators in
any order.
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For 2 or More Players
Play competitively, in teams, or practice
Then roll the three 6-sided Scoring
Dice to establish three Scoring
Numbers. In the example below, a
5, 2, and 3 are your
Scoring Numbers.
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Ritchie’s other hope is that MathDice™
will make math more fun and
accessible for the generation of kids
now in elementary and secondary
schools across the country and
around the world.
7 x 4 = 28
Fun for players of all math levels
ThinkFun Inc.
1321 Cameron Street
Alexandria,VA 22314 USA
www.ThinkFun.com
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Contents:
• Two 12-sided Dice
• Three 6-sided Dice
• Travel Bag
• Instruction Booklet
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The Fast Fun Game of Mental Math
www.ThinkFun.com/mathdice.
Where It Started
MathDice™ was invented by Sam
Ritchie, as a “Design a Game” math
workshop project for his sixth grade
class. Now a teenager, Ritchie is on
the United States Junior World Sprint
Kayaking team, and hopes to compete
in the Olympics some day.
To Play:
Start by rolling the two 12-sided
Target Dice. Multiply them together
to establish a Target Number. In the
example below, when you roll a 7 and
a 4 the Target Number is 28.
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Solve Three Ways.
TARGET
NUMBER
SCORING
NUMBERS
EQUATION
12
2 3 6
2x3+6
(6 – 2) x 3
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16
2 4 6
(2 x 6) + 4
(6 – 2) x 4
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24 + 6
2 4 6
In our example, two players might
shout out the following…
42 + 6
4x6–2
3x4–2
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33
3 5 6
5x6+3
(5 + 6 ) x 3
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2 3 6
2x6+3
32 + 6
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28
The fun and ﬂexibility of this game is
in combining the three Scoring
Numbers in the most creative ways
25 – 4
2 4 5
(2 + 5) x 4
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3(6–2)
2 3 6
(3 + 6)2
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SCORING
NUMBERS
EQUATION
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9
1 2 2
(1 + 2)2
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16
2 2 2
(2 + 2)2
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POWERS
TARGET
NUMBER
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25
1 2 6
(6 – 1)2
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36
2 2 3
(2 x 3)2
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11
2 2 3
32 + 2
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14
2 2 4
42 – 2
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2 2 6
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27
2 3 3
32 x 3
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32
2 2 3
2 2+3)
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1 3 5
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The player with the closest number
at the end of the point must state
the equation he or she used to reach
the answer. If it is correct, the point
is won. If incorrect, the player with
the next closest answer must state
his or her equation, and gets the
point if it is correct.
The first player to win four points
wins the game. Note: If you are
playing competitively, MathDice™ is a
“mental math” game…pencil, paper,
or a calculator are not allowed.
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SCORING
NUMBERS
EQUATION
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1 3 4
1 x (4 – 3)
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2
1 1 1
1 x (1 + 1)
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3
2 3 3
2x3–3
For a more cooperative environment,
choose from the following:
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2 4 4
2x4–4
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5
1 1 6
1 x (6 – 1)
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3 4 6
3x4–6
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7
2 3 5
2x5–3
• Everyone who can match the best
answer given on a turn, gets a point
for that turn.
• Relax time constraints.
• Allow use of pencil and paper or
calculators.
• Work together to find as many
answers as you can that are close
to the Target Number.
• Have fun exploring the numbers
and their patterns!
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between 2 and 24. This version
makes a good game for players who
subtracting/multiplying skills, but are
not yet comfortable with more
TARGET
NUMBER
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8
2 4 4
(4 – 2) x 4
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9
3 3 6
3 x (6 – 3)
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10
2 2 3
(2 + 3) x 2
3 4 6
43 + 6
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2 4 6
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32
1 2 6
2(6–1)
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33
3 3 6
33 + 6
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3 3 6
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108
3 6 6
3x6x6
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80
1 3 4
34 – 1
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32
2 3 4
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3 4 5
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3 3 5
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Simpler Versions of Play:
MathDice™ is a fun, educational game.
The rules above describe competitive
free to relax the rules in any way that
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SCORING
NUMBERS
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3 3 6
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3 4 6
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3
1 1 6
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2 2 5
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5
2 4 6
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6
4 4 5
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7
3 5 6
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8
3 4 6
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9
2 6 6
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10
3 5 6
To lower the average difficulty of the
calculations, reduce the range of the
Target Numbers. To do this, you may:
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MathDice™ and the
Flexibility of Numbers:
Numbers are incredible. As you play
you will come to discover patterns
and relationships that will astound
you. Really!
To get you started down this path,
we’ve developed eight Practice Tables
that you can use to hone your skills.
The ﬁrst ﬁve tables each focus on a
different operation, and the ﬁnal
three WOW! Tables show examples
with multiple ways of reaching the
Target Number.
Once you work your way through
for action!
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53 – 4
3
(3 + 5)
DIVISION
TARGET
NUMBER
• Roll only one 12-sided die to
establish a Target Number in the range
between 1 and 12. This version makes
a good game for players who are
subtraction skills, and just starting to
get a mastery of multiplication.
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MULTIPLICATION
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If the Target Number hasn’t been
reached, other players then have 15
seconds to respond with a new
answer that is closer to the Target
Number. (The player with the current
best answer must remain silent while
the other players try for a better
answer.) This play continues, with an
improvement, until one player hits the
Target Number exactly, the other
players forfeit the point, or the time
limit for calculating is reached.
• Roll two 12-sided dice, and add the
two numbers together, to establish a
Target Number in the range
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EQUATION
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2x3+4
SCORING
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ROOTS AND BEYOND
TARGET
NUMBER
EQUATION
1510 MATH DICE BOOKLET
TARGET
NUMBER
SCORING
NUMBERS
EQUATION
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1 2 2
1+2–2
COLOR: PRINTS BLACK
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3 4 5
3+4–5
PAPER STOCK:
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1 1 5
5–1–1
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1 2 3
2+3–1
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1 2 6
6+1–2
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1 3 4
3+4–1
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2 2 3
2+2+3
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3 5 6
5+6–3
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2 3 4
2+3+4
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2 6 6
6+6–2
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SCORING
NUMBERS
Scoring:
getting closer to the Target Number,
faster. Once you have an answer you
are satisfied with, call it out. The first
player to call out an answer, claims
that number.
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TARGET
NUMBER
Note how each number is used once
and only once in each equation. This
rule is especially important to
understand when the numbers are
used as powers. The player who hit 28
used the “2” to raise the 5 to the
second power; the player who
reached 27 used the “3” to raise
(5 – 2) to the third power.
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ThinkFun Inc.
A Binary Arts® Company
1321 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 USA
May 9, 2005
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